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Data Protection and Beyond Analyses & Assessments

Data Protection and Beyond

At a Synergia forum on May 20, 2019, Justice Srikrishna discussed the future of Data protection in India based on the recommendations of the expert...

WhatsApp's Indian regulations fall short Analyses & Assessments

WhatsApp's Indian regulations fall short

A recent report shows that inexpensive third-party applications and software tools can circumvent regulations implemented by WhatsApp in India. Why...

'Stop secret surveillance ordinance'  Analyses & Assessments

'Stop secret surveillance ordinance'

US technology hub, San Francisco has voted to ban the purchase and use of facial recognition technology by city personnel. Is face recognition an...

Facebook ready for a break-up? Analyses & Assessments

Facebook ready for a break-up?

Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social networking giant. Caught under several data breach controversies and a...

Google’s business model and privacy Analyses & Assessments

Google’s business model and privacy

Google unveils several features geared toward safeguarding consumer privacy. However, given Google’s data-centric business model, can the company...

$40 million worth bitcoin stolen Analyses & Assessments

$40 million worth bitcoin stolen

Hackers stole more than 7000 bitcoin from crypto exchange Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. Can Bitcoins be stored safely?

 5G: A threat to weather forecasting? Analyses & Assessments

5G: A threat to weather forecasting?

Technical specifications surrounding 5G technology conflicts with radio frequencies used in critical applications. How is the race for technological...

Russia’s nuclear drones Analyses & Assessments

Russia’s nuclear drones

Is the likelihood of nuclear war increasing? In March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed footage of six prototype advanced weapons...

Google launches AI centre in Ghana Analyses & Assessments

Google launches AI centre in Ghana

US tech giant, Google has introduced the first Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory in Ghana to help address economic, political and...

iPhone production in India Analyses & Assessments

iPhone production in India

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest manufacturer of iPhones intends to shift production from China to India. Apple uses manufacturers from...

Trump announces 5G plans Analyses & Assessments

Trump announces 5G plans

The United States releases plans for an auction of radio spectrums to support its 5G ambitions amounting to US$20.4 billion. 5G (from "5th Generation...

Microsoft working with the Chinese military? Analyses & Assessments

Microsoft working with the Chinese military?

Microsoft has been working with a Chinese military-run university on artificial intelligence research that could be used for surveillance and...

Canada mulls social media regulations Analyses & Assessments

Canada mulls social media regulations

Canada, perceiving foreign interference in its October general elections, floats the idea of government regulations. Social media companies must be...

 Social media bosses to be accountable: UK Analyses & Assessments

Social media bosses to be accountable: UK

The British government recently said that it will explore making social media executives personally liable for harmful content published on their...

Google disbands AI advisory panel Analyses & Assessments

Google disbands AI advisory panel

Concerns over the presence of the defence industry and conservative voices on an AI ethics board results in Google disbanding the panel. Artificial...

South Korea rolls out 5G service Analyses & Assessments

South Korea rolls out 5G service

South Korea will become the first country to commercially launch fifth-generation (5G) services on 5th April 2019 as it rolls out the latest wireless...

Facebook struggles to secure its data Analyses & Assessments

Facebook struggles to secure its data

Facebook faces another data breach, highlighted by the work of another cyber security firm who are increasingly protecting public privacy and...

New technology to fight mosquitoes Analyses & Assessments

New technology to fight mosquitoes

Researchers, using CRISPR/Cas9, seek to genetically modify mosquitoes to dampen the spread of arboviruses in human populations. Mosquitoes are a...

Facebook introduces hate-speech policing Analyses & Assessments

Facebook introduces hate-speech policing

Facebook will institute methods and regulations to tackle white supremacist thought in the upcoming weeks, although more needs to be done to fully...

DNA testing poses privacy risks Analyses & Assessments

DNA testing poses privacy risks

DNA testing services purchased online has gained significant popularity amongst consumers, despite its shortcomings. However, it is vital to...